Posts tagged best practices
Virtual Consult Best Practices for Lactation Consultants

While most clinicians can agree that nothing can replace an in-person lactation consult with a family in need of help feeding their baby, virtual consults are becoming more and more popular as a way to make services more accessible. In order to meet your ethical obligations and stay within your scope of practice as an IBCLC or other lactation credential, you’ll want to keep some key factors in mind.

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How to write an infant feeding or lactation protocol

Developing your protocols is one of the most important things you’ll do as an IBCLC. Protocols can’t be bought or taken from someone else—that kind of shortcut could end up being harmful for your clients. By writing your own protocols, you take ownership over your own practice by implementing what you know into templates that can be modified, adapted, and adjusted to fit each individual clinical situation.

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How to become an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)

Figuring out how to become an IBCLC is often the most challenging part of the whole process. Unlike other related healthcare fields (such as clinical social work, physical and occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, and counseling), there are only a handful of established university programs that include the education component along with the clinical component in an organized and structured way. In other words, you’re not likely to be able to get a master’s in lactation and have your department chair help you land an internship at an outpatient lactation clinic. 

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Dealing with Paper in a Paperless Workflow for HIPAA Compliance

Picture the scene--you come home from a long day at work. You put your scale in its corner, and set your bag down on a side table. Hang up your coat, and take your iPad out to do some final charting or billing before calling it a wrap. You sigh with relief, because it won't take long. You're paperless after all.

And then you look down on the table, and you see it--

An envelope.

There's paper in that envelope! Paper you are going to have to deal with! Paper that threatens the very foundation of your paperless freedom! You decide to take it out back and burn it in your firepit because it has no place in your life.

OK don't burn it. You do have to deal with it, but you can deal with it quickly in three short steps. 

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